No live meetings
Over 10 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per week
How does a “Flexible Schedule” course work?
No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat
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Welcome to the Art of Animation Through Disney and Pixar! As the leading provider of family entertainment in the world, the Walt Disney Studios have created films that have resonated with generations of audiences for nearly a century. This course seeks to analyze the artistic medium of animation through the shorts and films of the Walt Disney Studios—a medium that has been left out of traditional history, art history, and film studies despite its prevalence in the Modern world. Through an art...
In this class, students will learn: --the historical processes of animation and the history of the medium --how animation has been received throughout the last 100 years --how historical events have impacted animation in the United States --how animation is impacted by the development of new technologies
I have my MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I focused on animation and its interactions with art history for my master's thesis. I have taught a version of this course twice at the collegiate level for undergraduate students. This is a very unique course, in that it is not something traditionally covered by either art or film. Therefore, I offer a very different perspective on the development of art in the twentieth century through animation.
Outside of class, you may be asked to view additional animated shorts or sequences on YouTube in preparation for the next week's course. Learner progress is evaluated through class discussion and brief writing prompts in the classroom.
Links to each week‘s presentation will be posted on the course page, and all homework will be completed on the course page as well!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Student progress is assessed through in class discussion and participation in the homework assignments. Grading is optional and available at request.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be asked to engage with outside articles and YouTube videos, all of which will be provided as links by the instructor in the classroom.
Molly McGill, M.A.
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
740 total reviews
659 completed classes
Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where...